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Utley: World [Expletive] Champions!

Posted by Tim Malcolm, Fri, October 31, 2008 08:00 PM Comments: 87

The video of the day — of the year.

Some might make a stink about this, but Chase says it with such sincerity that you have to excuse it and appreciate it. Plus, look at the reactions from Cole Hamels, Ryan Howard and Jayson Werth, among others. They’re floored. Their little unspoken leader made a big statement.

Mike Missanelli on 950 AM ESPN Radio made a stink about this, saying it was wrong with all the children in the crowd. You know what, they hear so much worse these days. Who cares about this? This was great.

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Phils Ditch Taguchi, Gordon

Posted by Tim Malcolm, Fri, October 31, 2008 07:45 PM Comments: 13

The Phillies have declined the options of outfielder So Taguchi and reliever Tom Gordon. Taguchi was expecting a $1.25 million option, but will instead be bought out for $150,000. Gordon had $4.5 million option, but will get a buyout of $1 million.

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Report: Burrell Rejects 2Y/$22M Deal

Posted by Tim Malcolm, Fri, October 31, 2008 07:15 PM Comments: 61

Because news doesn’t stop for parades:

The Daily News’ Paul Hagen is reporting Pat Burrell rejected a two-year, $22 million deal proposed by the Phillies. Burrell led the parade convoy this afternoon, supposedly late, but eerily separating himself from the club as if he was on his way out.

It sure looks that way.

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There’s A Parade Down Broad Street …

Posted by Tim Malcolm, Fri, October 31, 2008 11:00 AM Comments: 102

… and it’s for our Phillies.

Post any and everything you’d like about the parade right here. I’m there, ending up at Lincoln Financial Field for the big festivities. Enjoy this day, Philly — it’s been a long time coming.

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Audio Clip of Final Out of the 2008 World Series

Posted by Brian Michael, Fri, October 31, 2008 02:30 AM Comments: 6

AudioHarry Kalas calls the Phillies winning the 2008 World Series

Hat tip to Josh for the clip

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Video of Final Out of the 2008 World Series

Posted by Brian Michael, Fri, October 31, 2008 02:19 AM Comments: 3

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Photos from Game 5 World Series Victory

Posted by Brian Michael, Fri, October 31, 2008 01:53 AM Comments: 4

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Hamels On Letterman Tonight

Posted by Tim Malcolm, Thu, October 30, 2008 09:42 PM Comments: 16

World Series MVP Cole Hamels will present the Top 10 List on “The Late Show with David Letterman” tonight (11:35 p.m., CBS)

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Sending Thanks To Our World Champions

Posted by Tim Malcolm, Thu, October 30, 2008 04:06 PM Comments: 234

Thank you to:

Geoff Jenkins. He was the most obvious pinch hitter in baseball history, and he decided to knock the biggest hit of his entire career, a leadoff double.

So Taguchi. Didn’t do anything in the postseason, but came up with the big hit against the Mets earlier this season. A loss or two there to the Mets, and it’s a different story.

Kyle Kendrick. Struggled this season, but had a couple big starts, including an eight-inning shutout against Oakland.

JA Happ. The top prospect pitched some big innings down the stretch and gave fans a reason to look ahead to 2009.

Clay Condrey. The best long man in baseball even had a few huge spots late in the season.

Rudy Seanez. Came up big in a couple spots with his veteran moxie.

Eric Bruntlett. The runt had a couple huge moments in 2008, including the mad dash to the plate in game three of the World Series.

Chris Coste. 30-year-old rookie hits the climax of his career. From Fargo, N.D., indie leaguer to world champion.

Tom Gordon. “Flash” may never pitch again as a Phillie, but he had a couple big innings early on.

Matt Stairs. The barrel-chested 40-year-old socks the biggest home run of his life in game four of the NLCS.

Scott Eyre. From no-man’s land in Chicago to late-innings hero in Philadelphia. With a loud mouth to boot.

Chad Durbin. From swingman to late-innings guru, he was one of the big acquisitions in the offseason.

Greg Dobbs. The best pinch hitter in Major League Baseball, and the best in Phillies history.

Joe Blanton. What a trade deadline pickup — the big man went 4-0 down the stretch, then gave a string of huge postseason performances with his arm and bat.

Pedro Feliz. Supplying big defense all season, Feliz came through with the game-winning RBI in the World Series clincher.

JC Romero. What a grab last season. The left-hander may have had you biting your nails, but when didn’t he finish the job? He got the win in game five of the series thanks to a gigantic double play — the play he always pulls off.

Jayson Werth. Another big grab. The slender, goateed outfielder rose from the underground to have his best offensive season ever.

Ed Wade. Yes, Mr. Wade, thank you for building a foundation that became world championship-caliber.

Brett Myers. What a story. From closer to starter to minor leagues, then back to the top. Myers was integral to the team’s late-season push, and never, ever kept himself quiet.

Jimmy Rollins. The 2007 MVP claimed the Phils would win 100 games in 2008. He was benched, he was ridiculed, he was loathed, then returned to lead the team to the promised land … and 103 wins.

Carlos Ruiz. Left for dead as an offensive player, Chooch upped his game in the World Series with big hits. Oh, and he was the main man calling the best pitching staff in baseball, bell to bell.

Shane Victorino. The Flyin’ Hawaiian became a star in 2008, especially in the postseason. He broke the club record for RBI in a postseason, then had two big RBI in game five.

Ryan Madson. He started as a long man, almost left for dead as a prospect that never truly blossomed. Then the autumn arrived; Madson became the best late-innings guy in baseball, especially in an almost-spotless postseason.

Pat Gillick. Bit by bit, he picked up integral players that became huge contributors to this team. From the very small (Stairs) to the very huge (Lidge), Gillick fit the pieces together perfectly. If he goes out, he’s going out on top.

Ryan Howard. The 2008 MVP candidate had another strong power year, then woke up in game four of the series with two mammoth home runs. The biggest threat remains the big man.

Chase Utley. The Man. All business, he epitomized the 2008 Phillies through grit and 100-percent effort. His defense shone through brighter than anything in the postseason, and his throw to the plate to end the seventh will go down in franchise lore.

Charlie Manuel. The best manager in Phillies history.

Cole Hamels. NLCS MVP. World Series MVP. Ladies, gentlemen, distinguished persons: Cole Hamels is the best pitcher in baseball.

Jamie Moyer. The 45-year-old kid from the suburbs won a world championship. His first. With the team he grew up watching and rooting for. Congratulations, kid, you absolutely deserve it.

Pat Burrell. Saving The Bat for second to last. Maybe he’s not the best Phillie player of all-time, but while Utley epitomized the team, Burrell epitomized the city. Downtrodden for so long, The Bat realized his dreams, thanks to a clutch leadoff double in the seventh. He might be gone after this season, but boy, will he be missed.

Brad Lidge. Unquestionably the team’s most important player. The best offseason acquisition I’ve ever seen, Lidge was perfect — absolutely perfect — in 2008. And he delivered the final out of the Phillies second world championship with a slider heard ’round the Valley.

Thank you, thank you, thank you, 2008 Philadelphia Phillies. We love you.

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What This Means To Phillies Nation

Posted by Tim Malcolm, Thu, October 30, 2008 02:04 PM Comments: 24

At 9:58 p.m., Wednesday, October 29, 2008, Philadelphia exorcised its demons with a brilliant rush of red.

The rush sounded like a vaccuum, a blast of wind escaping from a crowded, decaying room. And that it was — the voices of the thousands of Phillies fans at Citizens Bank Park represented the collective joys of an entire fanbase, an entire city, finally being released into the crisp, cold October air.

No longer will we speak of Joe Carter’s home run. No longer will we speak of throwing up on the field, or suffering a concussion on the ice, or stopping a jump shot from a clutch player. Now we’ll speak about Matt Stairs’ dramatic atomic bomb, and Pedro Feliz’s seeing-eye bouncer, and Brad Lidge’s slider.

Lidge’s slider was the most appropriate ending to this incredible ride. I kept envisioning Lidge tossing a slider, a bat swinging through the zone, Lidge dropping down and awaiting the stampede. And of course, that’s how it happened. Of course.

We didn’t see it earlier in the season, when the team was a few games back and plodding. We didn’t even see it when they were in first place, hanging on tight while being poked by the Mets and Marlins. But as the postseason crept closer, we started noticing that businesslike swagger from the Phillies. It wasn’t young energy, or scrappiness, or a great final push forward. This was a team assured of its place and abilities.

During the time we loathed him, Jimmy Rollins said the Phils would win because they’d come through late in the season. We rolled our eyes at him, even cursed him. Of course, he was correct. Of course.

Through all our whining and moaning, we didn’t know how focused and relaxed this team really was. They played their game — a game Rollins knew could win 100 times. They never fretted when down a run or three, they never let up when up a run or three. Together, 25 men played their game — a game that not only won 100 games, but 103, and a world championship.

It’s a Phillies team that we haven’t seen recently in Philadelphia. We’ve seen the young, energetic teams (1997 Flyers), the scrappy teams (1993 Phillies) and the teams making a final push forward (2001 Sixers). We’ve seen heartbreak after heartbreak. But now we have our team — our strong-willed, hard-boned, focused, determined team that took us all the way to the door.

And last night, amid a sea of red in a city of nerves, that team broke down the door and let it all out.

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